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LL.M. Law Group can help retain the critical international talent that your company needs. We also have experience advising individuals and companies located abroad how to obtain immigration benefits through investment in the United States.

If you are a U.S. company or employer seeking to sponsor a nonimmigrant or immigrant employee, please complete the Employer Immigration Questionnaire (one for every employee) in full and return to our office by e-mail, fax or mail to the address below. Please note that you will need to provide documentation regarding your ability to pay the sponsored employee and also copies of all passports and immigration documentation pertinent to the case.

If you are an individual or company located outside the U.S. but are seeking to obtain immigration benefits by investing in the United States, please complete the Investor Immigration Questionnaire. Please note that you will need to provide extensive documentation regarding the investment.

Work Visas USCIS Updates

Updated April 8, 2014

On April 7, 2014 USCIS Reaches FY 2015 H-1B Cap.  USCIS announced that it has received a sufficient number of H-1B petitions to reach the statutory cap for fiscal year (FY) 2015.  USCIS has also received more than the limit of 20,000 H-1B petitions filed under the U. S. advanced degree exemption. 

For more information please visit http://www.uscis.gov/.

Updated May 8, 2013

Employers Must Use Revised Employment Eligibility Verification Form I-9
USCIS issued a press release reminding employers that beginning May 7, 2013, they must now use the revised Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification (Revision 03/08/13)N for all new hires and reverifications.

For more information please visit http://www.uscis.gov/.

Updated April 10, 2013

USCIS Update on Reaching FY2014 H-1B Cap
USCIS issued a press release stating that they received 124,000 H-1B petitions during FY2014 filing period & used a computer-generated random selection lottery process on April 7, 2013 to meet caps of 65,000 for general category & 20,000 under advanced degree exemption limit.

For more information please visit http://www.uscis.gov/.

Updated March 11, 2013

USCIS Revises Employment Eligibility Verification Form I-9
USCIS press release on revisions and improvements to Form I-9 include new fields, reformatting to reduce errors, and clearer instructions to both employees and employers. After May 7, 2013, employers must only use this new Form I-9 (Rev. 03/08/13)N.

For more information please visit http://www.uscis.gov/.

USCIS 3/8/13 Edition of the Handbook for Employers, M-274 Manual. Click here to download a 3/8/13 edition of USCIS' M-274, Handbook for Employers, which provides guidance to employers on I-9 compliance.

For more information please visit http://www.uscis.gov/.

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NOTICE FOR ILLINOIS EMPLOYERS ABOUT E-VERIFY

What is the status of E-Verify in Illinois?

Earlier this year, the State of Illinois passed a new law—Section 12(a) of the Illinois Right to Privacy in the Workplace Act—that would effectively prohibit employers in the state from enrolling in the Department of Homeland Security’s E-Verify program. In September of 2007, DHS sued Illinois and asked a court to declare the new law illegal.

The law was scheduled to take effect on January 1, 2008, but the state has agreed to not enforce this law until DHS’ lawsuit is over. What does all this mean?

If your business already has enrolled in E-Verify, you may continue to use E-Verify after January 1, 2008 to confirm that your newly-hired employees are authorized to work in the United States. If your business has not yet signed up for E-Verify, you may enroll in the program before or after January 1, 2008 by going to www.dhs.gov/E-Verify and following the link for employer registration. Illinois has agreed that it will not penalize employers simply for participating in the program, at least until the lawsuit is finished.

Are there any state requirements I have to follow before enrolling in or using E-Verify?

Possibly. For example, Illinois did pass other new laws that are not a subject of the DHS lawsuit. Because Illinois only agreed to not enforce Section 12(a), you are encouraged to consult with a lawyer to determine whether any of these other provisions may be applicable to your business and to understand your rights and responsibilities under state law. DHS cannot give legal advice to individual employers.

What should I do if the state says I violated Section 12(a)?

If Illinois state officials attempt to enforce Section 12(a) of the Right to Privacy in the Workplace Act against your business, please contact DHS immediately at 1-888-464-4218. This would include any attempt by the state to: (a) prevent your business from enrolling in E-Verify; (b) requiring your business to stop using E-Verify; or (c) bringing or threatening to bring any legal action (including fines) against your business simply for participating in E-Verify. You may also want to contact a lawyer.

What will happen next?

The state legislature is now considering possible changes to the Illinois law. At this time, DHS cannot predict with certainty whether Illinois will, in fact, change its law, what those changes may be, or when the changes may occur. DHS intends to post future developments regarding the Illinois law on the E-Verify website, www.dhs.gov/E-Verify, so employers should check that site on a regular basis for any updates. We remain hopeful that the state will act to preserve the ability of Illinois employers to participate in E-Verify without having to continue with our lawsuit. In the meantime, Illinois mployers are able and encouraged to take advantage of the E-Verify program.

E-Verify

  • E-Verify is a free and simple to use Web-based system that electronically verifies the employment eligibility of newly hired employees. For more information on E-Verify visit www.dhs.gov/E-Verify.
  • E-Verify works by allowing participating employers to electronically compare employee information taken from the Form I-9 (the paper based employee eligibility verification form used for all new hires) against more than 425 million records in the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) database and more than 60 million records in DHS immigration databases. Results are returned within seconds.
  • Currently, more than 30,000 companies are enrolled in E-Verify. More than 3.2 million new hires have been processed through E-Verify and usage is growing by roughly 83 percent annually. The system is currently capable of handling up to 25 million inquiries a year.

 

 

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